Yahoo Japan’s 3D Printer Helps Blind Children Search the Web




At a school for the blind in Japan, the Internet is no longer just a visual toolYahoo Japan has made it possible for children who are blind to search the web.

In collaboration with Japanese creative agency Hakuhodo Kettle, Yahoo developed a machine called Hands On Search that is part 3D printer, part computer — and will build just about anything at your request.

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For example, children at the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired can walk up to Hands On Search and say “giraffe” or “Tokyo Skytree Building.” Then, the machine searches Yahoo for an image and prints a miniaturized version of the object. The machine will make an online request for more information if an image cannot be found, according to Yahoo Japan’s website. Read more…

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